Election clerks report run on ballpoint pens!
Madison election officials put out a mid-morning call for citizens to donate their unused writing instruments this election day, signaling that a certain write-in campaign for school board was overwhelming city resources.
“We’ll take your old Bics, Parker fountain pens, Crayolas, sidewalk chalk, what have you,” said Madison City Clerk Maribeth Wetzel-Behl. “We’re so desperate we’ll even take #3 pencils. Our clerks tell me they’re seeing more ballot scribbling than seniors’ memoirs writing class.”
Semi-trucks were seen leaving Office Depot warehouse bound for Madison schools and churches today. A tanker truck of ink was bound to Madison from ink wells in Oklahoma.
“This is certain to provoke liberals,” WI State Journal editorial editor Quint Milfred warned.
NORTH: Battery – 11:55 a.m. 04-04-22 — Officers responded to a disturbance at Sherman Middle School. The suspect (13-year-old female) was involved in a physical altercation with a staff member. The suspect kicked a classroom window. The suspect was arrested for battery, disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property and resisting arrest
Your green good deed is going to cost you more. The City of Madison is preparing a new tax on recycling. The proposed “resource recovery special charge” would be collected as part of the municipal service bill, due every year on October 1. (The proposed ordinance here.)
Common Council would set fee every year but expected to raise $1.5 million this year and $3 million next. Sponsored by the mayor and Alds. Keith Furman, Patrick Heck, Lindsay Lemmer, Charles Myadze, and Regina M. Vidaver.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: City says its costs keep increasing. So do our taxes.